The tribe of Dan and the Eagle

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    This article is one in a series of studies on William Branham and Eagles - you are currently on the topic that is in bold:

    William Branham thought that there was a special significance to his ministry and eagles. More detail on his misunderstanding of the bible on this issue can be found in our article on The Prophet and The Eagle.

    William Branham also stated that the standard of the tribe of Dan, according to scripture, was an eagle. But is this true?

    What the Bible teaches

    In Numbers 2 we read:

    The Israelites are to camp around the tent of meeting some distance from it, each of them under their standard and holding the banners of their family.”

    ...Then the tent of meeting and the camp of the Levites will set out in the middle of the camps. They will set out in the same order as they encamp, each in their own place under their standard.

    ...On the north will be the divisions of the camp of Dan under their standard. The leader of the people of Dan is Ahiezer son of Ammishaddai.  His division numbers 62,700. The tribe of Asher will camp next to them. The leader of the people of Asher is Pagiel son of Okran. 28 His division numbers 41,500. All the men assigned to the camp of Dan number 157,600. They will set out last, under their standards.

    So the Israelites did everything the LORD commanded Moses; that is the way they encamped under their standards, and that is the way they set out, each of them with their clan and family.[1]

    In the book of Genesis, there is a reference to an animal that Dan will be like:

    “Dan will govern his people, like any other tribe in Israel. Dan will be a snake beside the road, a poisonous viper along the path that bites the horse’s hooves so its rider is thrown off. I trust in you for salvation, O LORD!"[2]

    Nowhere in the Bible does it refer to what the standard of Dan was. The only reference to an animal with respect to Dan is a snake. Of course, William Branham didn't use that becauase it did not work with this eagle type.

    Quotes of William Branham

    Now, anybody that’s ever read the Bible know what Dan’s number was, or what—what Dan…Oh, I mean what, yeah, what Dan was? His, he was a eagle. That’s right. He was a eagle. Somebody’s been reading the Bible. He was a eagle.

    Now, if you’ll notice, Dan is the head of three tribes, Judah is the head of three tribes, Reuben is the head of three tribes, and Ephraim is the head of three tribes. Three fours is twelve, twelve tribes of Israel. See, each one with their banner; and the banner of Judah was a lion; the banner of Reuben, man; the banner of Ephraim, an ox; the banner of—of—of Dan was an eagle. [3]

    One of them was Reuben, he always camped to the—the south. He was the head of man. And Ephraim was to the west, with three tribes, he was the—the ox. The…Then on the east was Judah, which is the lion. And on the north was Dan, which was the eagle. Now, notice. You remember them? All of you remember them well, how we had them drawed out: the eagle, and the ox, and the—the man, and the lion. [4]


    1. The New International Version (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2011), Nu 2:2–34.
    2. Tyndale House Publishers, Holy Bible: New Living Translation (Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, 2013), Ge 49:16–18.
    3. William Branham, 61-0108 - Revelation, Chapter Four #3, para. 315, 318
    4. William Branham,61-0611 - Revelation, Chapter Five #1, para. 69, 318